In a recent speech at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney unveiled his plan to allot $25 billion in federal money to kindergarten through 12th graders, allowing them to attend any school of their parents’ choosing -- public, private, online or charter.
When it comes to education, the Obama administration has focused primarily on revamping our nation’s lowest performing schools. Romney’s proposal will essentially reverse these plans -- giving the federal funds allotted to educators directly to those being educated. Romney believes that giving students the right to choose their schools will create competition amongst schools -- competition that will motivate all academic institutions to improve their programs.
Romney’s ideas are centered around free market economic principles that, in simpler terms, prove stuff like: if one Justin Bieber fan site hosts a 24/7 Bieber video stream and Bieber fans around the world flock to the site to watch him sing, and shower, and stuff, all other fan sites would choose to step their Bieber stalking game up in order to stay relevant. Fan sites would constantly find and utilize better ways to showcase Justin in order to keep their viewers, and thus all sites would improve over time. Likewise, under Romney’s educational plan, the hope is that schools will heighten their programs in order to be picked every year, over other schools, by students.
The debate, now, is whether or not lower performing schools will actually be able to improve without the help of federal funding. Will public schools be rendered worthless -- or worse yet, empty -- as more students opt for private schools? What do you think? Are you a fan of Obama’s plan to give aid to schools, or Romney’s plan to award aid to students? Let us know in the comments section below!